Harrison, AR – An armed suspect accused of pointing a gun at a man’s head during an argument brawled with Harrison police when they pulled him over on Thursday night.
William “Bill” Stanford subsequently posted cell footage of his arrest on Facebook, but quickly took it down, possibly after realizing that police refer to such videos as "evidence."
“I kicked the s--t out of them,” Stanford boasted in his rambling post. “They though I was a meth head so they had no rules but they got their mother f--king -ss whopped lmmfao.”
The incident began at approximately 6:12 p.m., after Harrison police received a report that a man pulled a gun on him in the McDonald’s parking lot, Harrison Assistant Police Chief John Cagle told Blue Lives Matter on Friday.
The victim told police that the suspect, later identified as Stanford, pointed a handgun at his head during the confrontation.
Stanford then got back into his vehicle, and took off southbound down Highway 65.
Police quickly spotted Stanford’s vehicle and initiated a traffic stop.
They also verified that he “matched the description” provided by the victim he allegedly pointed a gun at, Chief Cagle explained.
Due to the nature of the original call, the officers asked Stanford to exit his vehicle, and told him to keep his hands visible.
But Stanford refused, and instantly became “irate,” Chief Cagle said.
Stanford’s juvenile son and his son’s friends were also in the vehicle at the time of the incident.
Stanford checked to make sure that his son was recording as officers opened his driver’s side door and ordered him to get out, cell phone footage showed.
He ignored their commands, and told him that they could tase him if they felt “the need” to do so.
“I work for the government, junior,” Stanford told them condescendingly. “Right now, you’re an officer that’s about to get in deeper than what he can [take].”
He then suggested that the officers “drag” him out of his car.
“That way, when you touch me, and I have to handcuff you, my federal boss…” Stanford began.
“Who do you work for?” one of the officers interrupted.
“I work for someone – I’m a ghost, if that means anything to you,” he declared.
The officers gave him several more opportunities to exit his vehicle, and repeatedly told him about the report they had received.
“Now, I have a gun holster,” Stanford began, motioning towards his hip.
One of the officers immediately jumped towards him and ordered him not to reach as the officers started to forcibly remove him from his car.
“He became physically combative” at that point, Chief Cagle told Blue Lives Matter.
“You pull me out, I’m gonna have to hurt you!” Stanford yelled at police. “If you point that at me, and don’t pull the trigger, I’m gonna use it on you!”
One of the officers also spotted a knife on the suspect’s hip, and ordered him not to reach for it.
“I don’t have a knife!” Stanford yelled, as another officer deployed his Taser.
“The Taser had no effect,” Chief Cagle told Blue Lives Matter.
At least one of the teens in the car could be heard crying as the irate suspect continued fighting with police.
“I want out,” one of the kids said in the video.
“She’s pregnant,” another frantic teen said.
Chief Cagle said that the officers ultimately deployed OC spray to subdue the combative suspect.
A second video showed the officers yanking Stanford out of the vehicle and forcing him onto the ground, while he yelled about having PTSD.
“Now I can sue!” he said triumphantly, lying face down on the pavement. “And now, I had a flashback, -sshole!”
Stanford was placed into handcuffs, then began complaining about the effects of the OC spray, the video showed.
“You touched my d--k,” he snarled at one of the officers a moment later.
“Oh shut up, I’m searching you for weapons,” the officer replied, just before Stanford launched into a tirade about “queers” and “f----ts.”
He then told police that he is an “associate” of the Banditos motorcycle gang, and vowed to sue the officers who arrested him.
Stanford’s son calmly told one of the officers at the scene that his father has PTSD, and explained that he’s “having a bad time right now.”
One of the officers explained to the teen that they still can’t allow Stanford to “act like this.”
“Yes, sir,” the boy said.
Stanford continued to scream profanities at police, and demanded that they clear the OC spray from his eyes.
“I don’t need nothin’ but a f--kin' rag, queer! Get me one!” he yelled at one of the officers. “I’m gonna shove that pepper spray up a f----t’s -ss.”
He later spit on one of the officers as he was being placed into the back of a patrol vehicle, Chief Cagle told Blue Lives Matter.
Stanford had one sheathed knife on each of his hips at the time of his arrest, the chief said.
He also had and empty gun holster on one hip, and two loaded magazines under his shirt.
The .40-caliber Glock handgun seized from the center console of his car was loaded with a full magazine, but was not chambered, police said.
Two of the magazines Stanford had access to were fully loaded, Chief Cagle noted.
Stanford was transported to a local hospital, where he was treated and released to police.
He has been charged with aggravated assault, obstruction of a government operation, second-degree battery against law enforcement, disorderly conduct, terroristic threats, illegal passing, and driving without a license.
Chief Cagle said that it is unclear whether or not Stanford served in the military, but noted that police do not believe he is employed as a "ghost" by a federal agency like he claimed.
The juveniles inside the car during the melee were not injured.
Some of the officers were kicked and scratched during the scuffle with Stanford, but none of them sustained serious injuries, Chief Cagle said.
Stanford has since been released from jail on $20,000 bond, according to his Facebook post.